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LOVELOCK



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You’ve come a long way, baby, you’re almost home, here is a good place to stop! 

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You may be parched, famished, and you might be sick of driving. Salt Lake City lies about 500 miles to the east; and Black Rock City is another 150 miles to the west. Yes, you're almost there, but you still got a ways to go.

Set on the western edge of “Cowboy Country,” Lovelock is your only pit stop on I-80 for another 60 miles before you hit Fernley, so you may want to fill up on some gas, maybe grab a bed, a shower and some food, and even load up on many of the supplies to be found here at the local enterprises who enjoy our company and know our needs.

Why Stop in Lovelock

Well, the few reasons to stop are obvious—you need gas, food, some Lock Love, or one last shower before hitting Burning Man.

But another, really good reason is that Lovelock is the seat of Pershing County — the same county where Burning Man takes place — and therefore the town is an important and close neighbor to Black Rock City. If you have some time, stop in Lovelock, visit the sights there or nearby, and enjoy some of the local restaurants. Show them some love. While it is reported by some that 20% of this community has been to Burning Man, Lovelock is by-and-large still a somewhat conservative agricultural, mining, and services community  of 2400 people — but they are increasingly coming to love us and our arts and culture. So please remember that we are all Black Rock City diplomats and be respectful of and kind to our close neighbors.

And of special note to Lovelock's and Burning Man's growing relationship, major solar arrays have been installed at the Lovelock Elementary and High Schools, and at the Pershing County General Hospital, by our very own Black Rock Solar!

Navigating Lovelock

There are three exits into Lovelock off of I-80:  Exit 107 is on the east side of town; Exit 106 goes to downtown; and Exit 105 leads to the west end.

In terms of bearings, Sturgeon's Casino is on the east side of town. Golden Gate Truck Stop and the Safeway are at or near the town's center.  And Two Stiffs Selling Gas is on the west side. Most of the businesses in the town can be found along the main stretch through town, which is Cornell Avenue; on Dartmouth and Broadway Streets, parallel to Cornell on either side; and on Main Street, which straddles all three of these streets and forms the town center.

Worth Checking Out

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Lovelock’s historic round courthouse (401 Main Street) is said to be the only one of its kind in the nation still functioning as a courthouse, built in 1920-21 by Frederic Joseph DeLongchamps.

There is also a really kind of cool activity to be found here for people in marriage or other partnerships:  You can “Lock your Love” in the park next to the courthouse. A nice ritual for those so inclined, you just bring/buy a lock and “Lock Your Love” onto a fence designated for such purposes. It's free beyond the price you pay for the lock and the infinite value of your love.

You also might want to check out the Marzen House Pershing County Museum — formerly the showplace and home of a wealthy rancher, now restored and chock full of nifty artifacts from Lovelock’s early days.

And, finally, where did the name come from?! Lovelock is named for George Lovelock, a Welsh immigrant who, in 1867, donated eighty-five acres for a town site and right-of-way for the transcontinental railroad and railway depot. And love stories have gathered there ever since…

For further information on Lovelock and the environs, here are some helpful links:

Lovelock/Pershing County Chamber of Commerce
Nevada Rock Art
Lovelock Frontier Days
Nevada’s Cowboy Country

Groceries

Safeway Supermarket
400 Dartmouth Avenue – 775-273-2418 – map
Open daily 7am-10pm. The biggest place in town to stock up on groceries, ice, water, and booze.

A Little Something
395 Main Street, Suite 100 – 775-273-1800 – map
Open Weekdays 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-3pm. Call ahead for possible extended hours. Located in the heart of Lovelock, Kirsten and crew have a wonderful boutique with very personable service.  Hats, gifts ideas, craft beers, and nice wines. Pre-ordering possible — call for further info.

Hardware & Camping Gear

The Big R Store
1210 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2687 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm. Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Best place in town to get many of your hardware/camping needs.  Tools, pvc, conduit, wood, tents, sleeping bags, coolers, lanterns, headlamps, tarps, and water containers are just some of what you can find here.

Random Curiosities

A Little Something
395 Main Street, Suite 100 – 775-273-1800 - map
Open Weekdays 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-3pm. Call ahead for possible extended hours. Located in the heart of Lovelock, Kirsten and crew have a wonderful boutique with very personable service.  Hats, gifts ideas, craft beers, and nice wines. Pre-ordering possible — call for further info.

Heart of Nevada / Lovelock Trading Post
485 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-0771 - map
Open Tues-Sat 9:30am-4pm. Thrift store and pawnshop, carrying new and used tools, some camping gear, tarps, duct tape, kitechenware.

Bargain Corner
655 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-7453 - map
Open 9am-5pm daily. Thrift store owned and operated by burners, carrying various knick-knacks, hats, jewelry, some bikes, and some items for gifting.

Electric Beach Boutique
325 11th Street – 775-224-3669 – map
Carries fun and fashionable purses, jewelry, clothes, and shoes.

Restaurants

Temptations
395 Main Street, Suite 700 – 775-273-1921 - map
Open Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm. Located in the heart of Lovelock. Patty and Galen have a very beautiful and awesome place that serves sandwiches and wraps, coffee, ice cream, iced coffees, candy, fudge, wine, craft beer, and other delights to tempt you. Also has free Wifi, and they’ll have lots of bulk water for during Burning Man.  Highly recommended if you have some free time!

La Casita
410 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-7773 - map
Mexican and American faire.

Cowpoke Cafe
995 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2444 - map
Open Mon-Tue 6am-5pm, Wed-Thur 6am-3pm, Fri 6am-8pm, Sat 6:30am-3pm, Sun 7am-3pm. Burgers, fresh curly fries, and homemade baked goods.

The Oasis at Rye Patch
2210 Rye Patch Reservoir Road – 775-538-7499 - map
Open 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm. Pizzeria & saloon with a tropical touch. Eat in or take out.

Pizza Factory
260 Main Street – 775-273-3232 - map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm. Pizza and deli.

Sturgeon’s Ramada Inn – Restaurant, Casino & Motel
1420 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2971 - map
Open daily 6am-9pm.

Hotels/Motels

Sturgeon’s Ramada Inn – Restaurant, Casino & Motel
1420 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2971 – map
Motel, restaurant, casino, bar, lounge and nightclub.

Lovelock Inn
55 Cornell Street – 775-273-2900 – map
Recently remodeled and opened, one of the nicer places to stay in town.

The Cadillac Inn
1395 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2798 – map

The Royal Inn
1435 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2500 – map

RV Parks and Campgrounds

Lazy K Campground
1550 Cornell Avenue – 509-554-1520 / 509-420-6042 – map
Full-service campground with RV sites, cabins, and tent pads.

Brookwood Motel & Mobile Home RV Park
205 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2300 – map 
Sites for RV’s and tent camping. Laundry facility and showers.

Gas Stations

Golden State Petro
163 East Main Street – 775-273-7700 – map
Open 24 hours. Also carries water, ice, booze, sodas, some auto supplies, and sandwich shop.

Lovelock Chevron
150 Main Street – 775-273-7272 - map
Open 24/7.

Two Stiffs Selling Gas
1090 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2911 - map
Open 24/7. Ice, beer, glasses.

Lovelock Beacon Shell / Java Joe’s Mustang Corral
415 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2031 - map
Open daily 5am-8pm.

PJ’s Food and Gas
1455 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-1222 - map
Open daily 4:30am-11pm. Also has sandwiches and salads.

Bars

Crazy Corners Saloon
1605 Upper Valley Road – 775-273-2405 - map
Open 24/7.

Pershing Pub
250 Main Street – 775-273-5553 - map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight.

Auto Repairs

Jim’s Tire Factory and Auto Service
395 West Broadway – 775-273-2731, 775-273-7217 – map
Also provides 24-hour towing/roadside service.

City Auto Parts & Supply, Inc
340 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2634 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-3pm. Auto parts & supplies store.

Storage

Cache Mini-Storage
105 Upper Valley Road – 775-273-2733 – map

Full House Mini Storage
640 Cornell Street – 775-273-2733 – map

Banks

Nevada State Bank
1150 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2657 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.

Wells Fargo Bank
920 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2942 – map
Open Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-6pm.

Hospital

Pershing General Hospital
855 Sixth Street – 775-273-2621 – map

Explorations in the Area

Tufa rock formations are a sight to behold. These intricately textured shapes of towers, ledges, pillars and archways were geologically formed by algae in nearby prehistoric Lake Lahontan in the same way that blue-algae forms coral reefs. From downtown Lovelock drive north on Central Ave. Turn left on to Pitt Rd. and travel two and a half miles to an unmarked gravel road and then turn right. Drive slightly over a mile until you see the Tufa formations.

Lovelock Indian Cave, aka Bat Cave or Sunset Guano Cave is a limestone cavern, created by the waters of prehistoric Lake Lahontan. Home to indigenous peoples as far back as 2000 B.C., the oldest dated duck decoys in North America (1,250 to 1,980 years ago) were discovered here. It’s 160 feet wide by 40 feet deep. From Main St. in Lovelock go south on Amherst Ave., which turns into S.R. 397. Continue south until 397 dead ends into Derby Rd. Turn left and go east on Derby Rd. Eventually the road will turn right and go south. Shortly thereafter turn right on East Rd. Continue until this road dead ends at the cave.

A great place to stay is Rye Patch State Recreation Area: camping, picnic areas, hiking and water sports. Located 22 miles east of Lovelock off I-80, (775) 538-7321. Also in Rye Patch is the Oasis Saloon and Pizza restaurant. Burner friendly, the Saloon sports a very good selection of beers and a photo gallery on the wall. 2210 Rye Patch reservoir Road, Exit 129, 22 miles east of Lovelock, (775) 538-7499.

Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder Memorial: Feast your eyes on another fine roadside example of radical self-expression replete with statues of naked women and concrete totems. Created by Chief Thunder over a period of twenty years beginning in 1968, it is considered Nevada’s equivalent to the Watts Towers. He meant it as a tribute to Native Americans. Its main feature is a three-story house, composed of concrete, bottles, and assorted treasures retrieved from a nearby junkyard.

Located across the freeway from Imlay, about halfway between Lovelock and Winnemucca. Access is free, donations accepted for a volunteer effort to save the site from crumbling away.

Check out the Ghost town of Unionville, a mining boom town in the 1860′s with upwards of 1500 fortune seekers including reputedly, Mark Twain. Nestled in a region of mesmerizing high desert mountain ranges and remote valleys is a B&B—the Old Pioneer Garden Country Inn. 2805 Unionville Rd, Unionville, NV 89418 (775) 538-7585 or (800) 538-7556. Located on State highway 400, off I-80 about halfway between Lovelock and Winnemucca.

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